Well-Paid Maids: Startup Advances Social and Business Mission

The home cleaning industry has a reputation for squeezing profits out of low-wage labor. But Aaron Seyedian is turning this model on its head, offering higher employee wages and better benefits. He is gambling that people will pay more for a cleaning service that does good by its workers, and that he will pick up clients new to the home cleaning market along the way.

Well-Paid Maids is Seyedian’s freshly-minted home cleaning service company based in Washington, DC. One key differentiator for the firm is its guarantee to pay workers $16.00 per hour—well above the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and the DC standard of $12.50 per hour.

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